Bernard W. Miltenberger, Frostburg
Earlier this spring, I watched with interest as area parents and children walked to raise money for autism research. The community really came out and supported these parents to help find a cure. At this time, I was receiving almost weekly updates from Drs. Russell Blaylock and Paul Connett on the effects of mercury poisoning in the brain. For anyone interested in this subject, Google the name Boyd Haley, the leading expert in the world on mercury toxicity, and look for his open letter to Congressman Dan Burton's House Reform Committee investigation on autism. I think any parent and/or teacher should read Dr. Haley's writings on this subject and should pick up The New York Times Bestseller "Evidence of Harm - Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy," by David Kirby.
Here are some following questions parents need answers to: Why did the CDC and the FDA allow mercury exposures from childhood vaccines to more than double between 1988 and 1992 without bothering to calculate cumulative totals and their potential risks? Why was there a corresponding spike in reported cases of autism spectrum disorders during this time period? Why did autism grow from a relatively rare incidence of 1 in every 10,000 births in the 1980s to 1 in 500 in the late 1990s? Why did it continue to increase to 1 in 250 in the year 2000 and then 1 in 166 children today? Many should ask why trusted health agencies would allow a known neurotoxin to be interjected into the bodies of small babies - in amounts that exceed federal safety exposure levels for adults by up to 50 times per shot? Why are rates of ADD, attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech delay, and other childhood disorders also rising? Why does one in every six American children have a developmental disorder or behavioral problem? Why does autism affect boys at a 4-to-1 ratio over girls? Why to this day, is thimerosal still found in the majority of flu shots, which the U.S government recommends for pregnant women and children between six months and 23 months of age? Why in 2004, did the CDC decline to state a preference for mercury-free flu shots for infants? Why is autism research that has been successfully treating this disease as mercury poisoning using chelation and glutathione not being recommended to combat this epidemic?
Clearly, if a parent of an autistic child got answers to these questions, they would not be walking for a cure, but storming the Houses of Congress to demand answers and filing lawsuits. I feel very sorry for parents who have been afflicted with these health problems. Some parents are saying, we were just trying to be a good mother and father and follow all the guidelines for my child's health and are now devastated. No longer should these parents fight this issue alone. Every citizen of this country should stand up and demand accountability from public health officials and the pharmaceutical industry. This is negligence and incompetence, at best, and malfeasance and collusion at worst.